Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Reference - 272 pages
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our  family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"


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A nurturing, inspiring book on being a writer. - LibraryThing
Its title and cover art were certainly deceiving. - LibraryThing
Lamott offers more encouragement than practical advice. - LibraryThing
This is great writing. - LibraryThing
Most writers can't teach writing worth a damn. - LibraryThing
There's a lot of practical, common sense advice here. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - librarycatnip - LibraryThing

This is one of those deeply philosophical books for me that takes a long time to read. I have to savor, and underline, and re read, and highlight. It is thoroughly practical and sympathetic to the human condition, and the role that writing plays within it. Read full review

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User Review  - D. Prokop - Goodreads

More inspirational than instructional. "Take it bird by bird." I stink at descriptions, so that advice is the best for me personally. Beginning writers who need frank and honest words owe a big debt to this author. Thanks, Anne. Read full review

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Contents

WRITING 1
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FITS TWO Yul ITlIG FRAMI Q ND Looking Around 97 The Moral Point of View
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Radio Station KFKD 116 jealousy
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PIP TIIPOII NIL AIQNG 1 KY
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Writers Block
176
Writing a Present 185 Finding Your Voice
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Publication
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About the author (2007)

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People. Her last book, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, was published by Pantheon in 1993.


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